Go now! Union boss’s blunt message to Brighton’s and Hove’s departing council leader

Posted On 26 Feb 2018 at 10:54 pm

A union boss who represents many of Brighton and Hove’s council workers had a blunt message for departing leader Warren Morgan tonight – Go now!

Councillor Morgan, who became leader of Brighton and Hove City Council almost three years ago, told his fellow Labour councillors this evening that was standing down.

But Mr Turner was unimpressed by the timetable that appeared to have been outlined, including the prospect of a new party leader being elected in about two months’ time – in time to be confirmed as the next leader of the council at the annual meeting in May.

He said that it was unacceptable to wait until the council’s annual meeting.

Mr Turner said: “If Warren is standing down, he should stand down now and allow an election to take place and a new leader to be in place at the earliest possible time.

”Eleven weeks is far too long and it leaves things wide open for opponents to take political pot-shots at the Labour group.”

Plans to transfer the Royal Pavilion and Museums staff into a trust to be merged with the Brighton Festival and Dome proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, he said.

The situation hadn’t been helped by the row over anti-semitism at the Labour conference last autumn when Councillor Morgan suggested that the party needed to tackle the issue among some members.

He accused Councillor Morgan of failing to engage sufficiently.

Mr Turner added: “It’s been a shambles. He fell asleep at the wheel.

”We have tried to build bridges but his door was never open.

”The party has changed locally and nationally and we have to adapt.”

  1. Joe Stains Reply

    He’ll live in Brighton’s ‘Hall of Fame’
    (He got there blow-by-blow)
    Your kids will tell THEIR kids his name;
    Good old, Warren Morgan-oh!!!

  2. Atlee Turning in his grave Reply

    I’m glad Mr Turner isn’t the union rep at my place of work!

    • Clive Reply

      What does Attlee turn in his grave over? The inability of future generations to spell his name correctly?

  3. John Reply

    I believe we need Unions to protect workers rights but reps like Turner make it too easy for Tories to win the anti-union argument. He should stand in the election to replace Morgan

  4. Alan Reply

    From what I’ve seen of Mr Turner, he is overly idealistic in what he expects and them becomes aggressive when he doesn’t get what he wants.

    He’s very much out of touch with reality.

    Sadly, it’s people like him who have lead to Warren Morgan deciding to stand down.

    It should be Mr Turner leaving his union, not Mr Morgan standing down as council leader.

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